Grass Valley police to “reprioritize” responses (Updated) |

Grass Valley police to “reprioritize” responses (Updated)

The Grass Valley Police Department has announced anticipated reductions in services stemming from decreased personnel.

Residents seeking service — on incidents such as petty thefts and shoplifting involving suspects who cannot be positively identified, present false identification or are uncooperative — should expect a limited response by officers, said Capt. Rex Marks in a press release.

“We’re very challenged meeting the quality-of-life issues the citizens expect us to meet,” Chief John Foster told The Union Tuesday in an interview about the city’s Measure N, a half-percent sales tax initiative that would partially be directed to the police department, allowing it to hire five officers.

“Right now, we are reactive, not proactive,” Foster said.

Since 2007, Grass Valley’s police staff has declined from 31 officers to 20 officers.

Other low-priority incidents that will receive limited responses include animal control issues, parking complaints and civil issues, such as custody exchanges and property removals.

“If someone is available, we’ll send them. But it might not be in a timely fashion,” Foster said, talking about allocating officers during in-progress emergency incidents.

Requests for police services involving property damage, vandalism, vehicle tampering, hit-and-run accidents, custody order violations, harassing phone calls, lost property and thefts not in progress or where the suspect is unknown will no longer receive officer response but instead will be reported through the department’s website,, or by completing a counter report at the police station during regular business hours.

Coinciding with these changes is the outsourcing of the department’s dispatch services to the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office.

Beginning Nov. 1, new lobby hours will take effect at police headquarters. The lobby will be open 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

To contact Staff Writer Christopher Rosacker, email or call (530) 477-4236.

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